A very modern morality tale

Earlier this year, Jackie Buxton joined the Girls Around Town in the studio to talk about her book Tea & Chemo

During that interview, there was barely time to give more than a brief mention to her debut novel, Glass Houses, which was published by Urbane Publications in July 2016.

So she’ll be back next weekend to pick up where she left off nine months ago, explaining what inspired her to write this modern day fable of crime, redemption and hypocrisy.

An amazing book about the consequences of our actions, how making one stupid mistake can be felt by so many like a shockwave…will keep you transfixed from the first page to the last

When 51-year old Tori Williams sends a text while driving on the M62 motorway and allegedly causes the horrific crash in which three people die, her life implodes. Public and press are baying for her blood but Tori is no wallflower and refuses to buckle under their pressure or be a pariah in society.

Instead, she sets about saving the nation. But can she save Etta, the woman who saved her life? Or will Etta’s secret be her downfall?

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday when June, Tina and Sue find out more about Glass Houses and catch up with what Jackie’s been doing since her last visit to Radio Newark.

Is there another book in the pipeline perhaps? And, if there is, can she be persuaded to share at least a hint or two about the tale she’ll be telling next?


The Jellicle Ball comes to Newark

It’s probably one of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s best known musicals – even if you haven’t seen  it, you’re sure to know the name and recognise some of the songs and images associated with CATS.

And if you’re a singer or a dancer, perhaps you’ve always aspired to be in a production of this iconic show…

Well, here’s your chance! It’s coming to town next spring and Newark Amateur Operatic Society is looking for talented performers to join the cast.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon next Sunday, when choreographer and creative director Dean Skiba and musical director Rupert Trippett will be joining the Girls Around Town to talk about the story behind the show.

First staged in 1981 and based on T S Eliot‘s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, it tells the tale of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as ‘the Jellicle choice’…

Dean and Rupert will be sharing their plans for the NAOS production and there’ll be details too of how to book tickets for the performances, which take place from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 March at Newark’s Palace Theatre.

In the meantime, if you want to get involved – on stage or backstage – why not go along to the Launch Night at John Hunt Primary School at 7.30pm on Thursday 14 September?

Meet the team there, join in a sing-through of some of the songs and find out more about society membership and other events planned over the next two weeks, including the all-important auditions on Sunday 24 September.